Might a common food additive impact our health?
We are increasingly aware of the importance of food in its impact on our gut and in turn the impact this has on our health. Real foods as diverse as oats, onions and sauerkraut help promote a healthy microbiome in our guts. We know that processed foods lack the beneficial effects of such real foods on our microbiomes, but more alarming is the potential harmful impact of food additives such as titanium dioxide (TiO2). Now research from the University of Sydney suggests TiO2 nanoparticles, which are present in many food items, may have a substantial and harmful influence on human health. Their findings are such that the researchers called for better regulation of this common additive in foods and medicine.
The particular food additive examined was E171, commonly used in foods and some medicines as a whitening agent. Found in more than 900 food products such as chewing gum and mayonnaise, E171 is consumed in high proportion everyday by the general population. While nanoparticles have been commonly used in this manner for some time (and increasingly over the last decade) the potential impact, especially long-term effects, are still poorly understood. Although approved in food, there is concern about sufficient evidence about its safety, with increasing rates of dementia, auto-immune diseases, cancer metastasis, eczema, asthma, and autism are among a growing list of diseases that have been linked to soaring exposure to nanoparticles.
More reason to cut down on the proportion of processed foods in our diet. If you need help identifying real foods good for health, check out the Just Routine App.
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